Director: Harry Harris
Writer: Carey Wilber
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Albert Salmi, and Jim Boles
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 3/1/1967
Production #: 9521
With the help of scallywags Deek, Smeek (Jim Boles), and Izralim, Captain Alonzo P. Tucker returns to search for the lost treasure of Beelibones. Having discovered a doodlebug (i.e. a talking, disembodied head), Dr. Smith is kidnapped by Tucker’s motley crew and forced to cooperate with them.
“Treasure of the Lost Planet” is an underwhelming sequel to “The Sky Pirate.” Specifically, Carey Wilber’s narrative fails to achieve a sufficient balance of humor, action, and adventure—all essential factors in a pirate-themed episode for children.
The comedic nature of Captain Tucker serves to complement the campy, lighthearted tone adopted by many second season episodes of Lost in Space—in contrast to Tucker’s presence in “The Sky Pirate,” which instead clashes with the dark and serious subject matter whereby much of season one is defined.
Also worth commending, Will and Tucker share a natural chemistry with each other this time around—another improvement over “The Sky Pirate,” and one that strengthens the credibility of a most unlikely friendship.
Additionally problematic is that none of the characters in Tucker’s gang possess interesting (or even somewhat human) qualities with which the average person can relate. Therefore, the majority of viewers—including those from a young age group—may struggle to invest in the treasure hunt whereon all four men embark.
Never trust a pirate.
Though mildly amusing on occasion, “Treasure of the Lost Planet” would best be avoided by all but the most enthusiastic fans of Lost in Space. Any interactions between Will and Tucker should, however, be praised for showcasing the talents of Billy Mumy and Albert Salmi, respectively.
Overall Quality: 3/10
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